Tickets Now?


I often get asked the question when a person should buy tickets to an event? My answer could be much different depending on the event.

If you are buying tickets to a concert, it is probably a good idea to wait until a week to two before. But just today I checked prices for a friend on Jason Aldean tickets to the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and found that seats for the show on 9/7 actually went up since a couple of weeks ago when we last spoke. I could not possibly know the price of every event we sell, there are just too many!

From my experience, the majority of tickets are at their highest price the when they go on sale. But I always like to say to my customers that tickets are like stocks, if the demand is up, so is the price. Industry wide price is driven by supply and demand. If something sells out in 10 minutes at Ticketmaster, chances are there will be a larger demand on the secondary market.

About a month ago, a first time buyer called me and wanted Cleveland Indians tickets. It was about 3:30pm on 8/9 and the Tribe was playing the Boston Red Sox at 7:05pm. He was surprised to see that the Indians tickets he was interested in were about $15 cheaper per ticket from our website. The new customer purchased five tickets and picked them up at Will Call. The seats also had $2 of Indians fun money on them, which can be used to buy food or souvenirs at the ballpark. So, the buyer saved $75 and got $10 worth of free food. I am certain the savings paid for his gas and food his family consumed that evening. I guess it became kind of an all-inclusive trip to the stadium?  I am pretty sure he will purchase again!

In the ten years I have followed the secondary ticket market I have seen various trends, but unless the tickets are for a major sporting event, a rare concert appearance by an artist or someone is touring for the first time, you can usually get cheaper tickets and have a bigger variety of seats from a broker immediately before the event. You can pick where you sit for a price. For most fans, this is a welcome option.

Now before I was a ticket re-seller, I used to scalp tickets at the stadium occasionally. This practice is too risky in 2012 as too many fans have been sold bogus tickets and been ripped off. With your seats are 100% guaranteed. If we don’t produce, you get your money back.

One of my friends told me a horror story about buying BCS Bowl tickets to the Ohio State Buckeyes vs Florida game a few years ago on eBay and losing $5000. The person took his money but never delivered the tickets. It was an extremely painful experience for him, as the inconvenience of all the calls and emails he had to make to eBay, the police and the scam artist took hours costing him even more money. That will never happen on our site.

I guess determining if you should buy tickets now or closer to the time of the event is really not easy. I will always be willing to help my customers find the tickets they want and try to make sure they get some kind of discount. We have many specials running right now. Check the website for details!

If you are in the market for any event email me personally I will try to help you determine the right time to pull the trigger. Got tickets?



Big Game? What’s a Ticket Cost?


You can find a gazillion articles all over the search engines about how much it costs for a ticket to the Super Bowl, but how about other major sporting events? Millions of fans attend sports contests every year and millions more watch them on television. People love sports! Let’s take a look at how many fans saw five of the biggest events in sports in 2012 and see the price of a ticket to attend those events in 2013.

Winter Classic - January 1, 2013 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs take the show outdoors on New Years Day in 2013. NBC is the television host and 3.74 million fans made the Winter Classic the #1 watched regular season hockey game in 2012. Almost 47,000 people attended the match-up at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. So, how much for 2013 Winter Classic tickets?

  • Cheap Ticket: $276.54 Section 31 Row 96
  • Average Ticket: $481.58 Section 6 Row 79

BCS National Championship Game - January 7, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

The BCS National Championship game will be aired on ESPN in 2013. 24.2 million viewers tuned into the television last year and over 78,000 attended the game. You are probably wondering which SEC team will win this year? Since 2006, the SEC has owned the National Championship game. How much are BCS Bowl tickets this year?

  • Cheap Ticket: $874.04 Section 452 Row 27
  • Average Ticket: $2,265.35 Lower Level Corner
A few of my tickets from big games.

NCAA Men’s Final Four - April 6 & 8, 2013 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The NCAA signed a long-term agreement with CBS and TBS in 2010. 16.04 million viewers tuned into CBS and over 75,000 were at the Superdome in 2012. If you choose to make the trip to Atlanta in 2013, how much for Final Four tickets this year?

  • Cheap All Session Ticket: $587.30 Upper Bowl Baseline
  • Average All Session Ticket: $1622.22 Floor Baseline

Kentucky Derby - May 4, 2013 at Church Hill Downs in Louisville.

Okay, I know, you’re thinking…. “not a game”. Don’t tell that to the 165,307 that broke a record for attending the event in 2012. TV ratings were down slightly from 2011 with 6.93 million fans viewing the actual race part of the broadcast. The $187 million dollars bet on the race last year also was a record. I’ll Have Another carried jockey Mario Gutierrez across the finish line of the 2 kilometer jaunt in 2:01.83. Maybe that is why the race is called, ‘the fastest 2 minutes in sports’! How much for Kentucky Derby 2013 tickets?

  • Cheap Ticket: $368.58 Section 128 Row EE
  • Average Ticket: $1249.33 Section Turf Club Row Walks

Major League Baseball All Star Game - July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in Flushing Meadows.

The ratings for Fox were down for the second consecutive year with 10.1 million people watching the Major League Baseball All Star game in 2012. Almost 41,000 fans attended the game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The American League is also looking to recover from consecutive losses in 2013. The Mid-Summer Classic is a high stakes game as the winner gets home field advantage in the World Series. Just how much will it cost to attend the MLB All Star game 2013?

  • Cheap Ticket: $575.08 Promenade Outfield
  • Average Ticket: $988.50 Outfield Reserve

*note all prices were at the time the post was written on 8/23/2012